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Comment Re: Hmm (Score 2) 1004

could very well end democracy.

I'd argue that the forces that created the possibility of a Trump/Sanders presidency are more dangerous than those candidates individually. As such, a vote for Hillary is probably worse in the long term. At least Trump would be such a disaster that it would force change. Trump might not be back next time, but someone adept at harnessing pent-up frustration and anger sure will be.

You're assuming that there would BE a next time if Trump became President. I'm not certain that is a valid assumption

Given his reaction to criticism during this campaign, what would he do if China, Russia, or North Korea insulted him? I think there would be a very real possibility that Trump would order some action (either a deliberate diplomatic insult or an accidental faux pas or some good old fashioned saber rattling) in defense of his bruised ego that would escalate the situation to the point where a war of words would transition to a war of bullets or an economic battle. And if his Secretary of State tried to calm things down, I wouldn't be surprised if he told him or her "You're fired!"

When Trump is the 500 pound gorilla in the room, he's fully willing and able to throw his weight around. But when you put two or more gorillas in a room, if they become antagonistic towards one another it's probably not going to end well for one or all of the gorillas.

Comment Re:My state/county can barely afford asphalt (Score 2) 168

Nearly sixty thousand bridges in the United States are structurally deficient. What does that mean?

Deficient bridges aren’t necessarily falling down, but are in need of repair. Bridges are rated on a scale of zero to nine, with a top score meaning excellent condition. Scores of four or below are classified structurally deficient.


The current pace of investment would take 21 years to replace or upgrade all the deficient bridges.

If we can't (or don't want to contribute the resources to) repair or replace bridges that are structurally deficient, I submit we don't have the resources to install roadside sensors.

Comment Re:Some sensible things (Score 1) 168

If you live in a state where the outcome of the presidential election is not in doubt, then voting for a third-party candidate is a sensible idea.

And when enough people in that "safe" state vote for a third-party candidate, suddenly the state isn't quite so "safe" any longer. Remember Brexit?

In an interview on BBC’s Victoria Live, one man who voted "Leave" said, "I didn’t think my vote was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain."

The man, who was introduced as Adam, said he is now "worried" because he assumed "Remain" would win. He added, "I think the period of uncertainty that we’re going to have for the next couple of months — that’s just been magnified now. So yeah, quite worried."

Comment They'll just release the next generation Pokemon (Score 3, Informative) 91

Right now the app allows users to catch 151 different Pokemon. The Wikipedia page states there are 721 Pokemon available in all the different games. If they need to give the app's popularity a little boost, they'll release some of the 570 others. "Gotta catch 'em all", right?

Comment Re:Americans (Score 1) 41

Think back to the last end user license agreement you agreed that you had read and whose terms you promised to satisfy. How confident are you that if I quizzed you on it, you could answer the questions? You can agree to obey or defend a document without reading it, understanding it, or intending to obey or defend it.

Comment Re:So? (Score 4, Interesting) 308

Picture what would happen if on Election Day someone were to plug one of these into an electronic voting machine on which the election officials had accidentally left the USB port exposed. Fry the machine, quickly pocket the stick, call election officials over (or just walk away) and you've slowed voting at that polling place by reducing the number of machines, potentially forcing them to switch to paper ballots. Election officials might question why you're carrying a hammer with you into the voting booth; they're unlikely to ask you to turn out your pockets so they can inspect any USB drives you may be carrying, and a USB drive is easier to hide than a hammer.

Comment The room is dark ... for everyone (Score 5, Insightful) 367

Yes, Director, the room you're charged with exploring is dark. It's dark not just for you but for everyone. This include people who want to steal our identities or the contents of our bank accounts, who want to take personal pictures or conversations and broadcast them to the world without our consent, who want to perform corporate espionage, who want to see us to prey upon us and our children. Turning on the light may let you see, but you're outnumbered by the criminals in the darkness who are begging you to flip that switch so they too can see.

If you're willing to step it up and protect us from all those monsters in the dark, then tell us exactly how you plan to protect us and MAYBE we'll let you flip that switch. But somehow I don't think you want to commit the massive amount of resources that will be needed to protect us. If you don't, we want the light to stay off.

Comment Re:Learn to Google (Score 1) 279

You mean voter fraud like this? Or this? Or this?

Since you say that voter fraud is "well known" and "documented every goddamn election", perhaps you can share some of these documented cases that have been investigated and found to be true and describe the prison sentences the criminals who committed this fraud received.

But anyway, if you wanted to steal an election, I don't think voter impersonation would be the way to do it. Attacking electronic voting machines that have lax, minimal, or no security would probably be less risky and harder to prove if you attacked whatever logging mechanism was present.

Comment Re:If I thought it would help... (Score 1) 279

I live in Massachusetts. The fee to get an ID is $25 plus a trip to a full service branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles. In some cases, that trip would be a half hour or hour one-way trip (and could require paying for public transportation if you can't get a ride with a friend or colleague; the subway and/or commuter rail isn't free.)

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